"JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME" SETS PREMIERE DATE
New One-Hour Series Hosted by the Acclaimed Sports Broadcaster To Premiere on Wednesday, November 21st at 10 PM ET/PT
LOS ANGELES, November 7, 2012 - Continuing to expand on his multi-year deal with CBS, JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME will make its premiere on Wednesday, November 21st at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The new, one-hour series will showcase Rome's trademark style and opinions that have made him one of the most famous and outspoken sports broadcasters of his generation. Weekly episodes will feature a combination of provocative monologues and interviews, along with in-depth features and profiles of relevant and influential figures in the world of sports and entertainment. The show will tape in Los Angeles. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.
"We've been very focused on increasing the amount and profile of sports programming on our air at SHOWTIME," said Nevins. "Jim Rome is someone I've listened to for years; he is one of the top voices in the American sports world, and bringing him to the network in a fresh and premium format is a key part of accomplishing that goal."
"Jim Rome's sensibilities and perspective on the hottest topics in sports and entertainment make him a natural fit for this network," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. "JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME delivers on our promise to bring the most compelling and provocative programming to our subscribers."
Rome has hosted numerous television programs over the last two decades, including his current series, ROME on CBS Sports Network. Previously, Rome served as host of "Jim Rome is Burning" on ESPN, as well as "The Last Word with Jim Rome," televised nightly on Fox Sports Net. Prior to "The Last Word with Jim Rome," he spent a two-year stint hosting ESPN2's "Talk2," a nightly one-hour interview show. Rome began his radio career at KTMS, Santa Barbara as the "$5 dollar-an-hour" traffic reporter and covered UC Santa Barbara's sports. He left KTMS for San Diego's all-sports station, XTRA Sports 690. Rome continues to host a highly-successful daily, live sports radio show from Southern California.
The series will be produced by GENERATE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
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